A £900,000 project is underway to ensure diluted sewage water is discharged into the sea and doesn’t burst through manholes around the town.
The combined sewer outfall pipes are being installed near to Newburn Bridge, in the town, and are designed to protect properties and surrounding gardens and land from flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.
The work is being carried out by Northumbria Water and is expected to be finished by the end of next month.
A rig is now in place in the sea near to Newburn Bridge as engineers work to replace and install a new section of pipe.
The single pipe system will then collect the sewage and stop it overflowing manholes.
Cara Charlton, of Northumbria Water, said: “We are spending around £900,000 on the project and the work should be completed by the end of August.
“We are replacing and installing a new section of pipe which will allow diluted sewage water to be discharged into the sea instead of overflowing manholes and ending up in gardens.”